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Sometimes it is easy to be a leader but it is definitely hard to be a successful leader. Being a leader means that you don’t stop learning and growing, this knowledge and growth will help you turn a failing business into a successful one. Just like a successful leader can save a business from failing, a terrible leader can destroy it.
If you’re having problems with your business and team and you can’t seem to pull everything together, then you might be failing as a leader.
Bad leadership affects company growth, employee morale, and the productivity of everyone including managers.
This is why we are bringing you 7 signs you might be failing as a leader.
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You Take More Than You Give
As a leader, you should be a giver, you’re not just leading the team, you’re their mentor.
Bad leaders take advantage of their employees and use them for their skills without teaching them anything, they just drain them. Great leadership requires generous giving of effort, experience, and devotion; as a leader, you have to give more than you take and you have to set an example for your employees to take.
Not Taking The Blame
You will always find something or someone to blame but yourself.
There are some leaders that refuse to take the blame for anything or be held accountable for their mistakes, they will find any excuse or anyone to take responsibility. This type can damage the entire organization and leads it to its downfall.
With time, employees will lose faith in the entity with its values, goals, and dreams and they will also lose faith in their leader.
As a leader, you need to set an example for your employees, don’t run away from the mistakes you have made, face them, and work on finding solutions instead of trying to look for innocence.
You Bring Down More Than You Lift Up
Not recognizing your employees or their effort will do nothing but bring them down and demotivate them.
Bad leaders never recognize their team’s talents or achievements and never even praise them for their good work. Not appreciating your employees’ hard work and effort will demotivate them and bring them down, they will feel that there’s no point in doing their best and you will find them doing the bare minimum.
Don’t take your employees for granted as if what they are doing is expected, encourage them and celebrate them so they can love working for you.
You Chose Micromanagement As Your Management Style
Micromanagement is not management, it is actually more of controlling your employees and every little thing in your team/company.
You must be aware that micromanagement will negatively affect your employees and overall productivity. A task that usually takes an hour, with micromanagement, will take more than a couple of hours, which will affect the timeframe and the deadline.
The fact that you interfere in every single detail will suffocate your employees and won’t leave them room to grow.
Your Team Is Not Growing
Business doesn’t grow unless the team grows. If your team is not growing, then you should ask yourself why.
If you noticed that neither your business nor your team is growing then you need to think that you might be the reason. Bad leadership won’t allow you to take any further steps in your career as a leader and it will stop your employees from developing and learning.
A good leader is a person who keeps on learning and teaches whoever is with them; when you develop and improve your skills, you will affect your team and hence affect your entire business.
Fear Of Change And Inability To Adapt
Life is full of ups and downs, and so is business, but you need to adapt, not just stay in denial.
Nothing stays the same, one day your business will be the best among all, and another it will be at a low point; time won’t always be in your favor as no one can control the surroundings.
Not accepting change will get you far behind, this is why you have to learn to adapt and think of creative solutions to cope with new situations and think about how can you get out with the best results.
Many Employees Quit
Employees leave due to an unhealthy work environment, which you might be creating.
Some leaders set unrealistic expectations regarding productivity, goals, and performance. These unrealistic expectations create a very stressful work environment, which will affect them and their overall productivity and performance.
A bad leader creates unnecessary stress to earn satisfaction over burnt-out and exhausted employees.
Not everyone can be a leader, if you don’t have the right skills then leave it to someone who’s able to leave a positive impact.